We are local high-street family jewellers and have built a reputation as diamond specialists offering honest expert valuations and diamond appraisals. Our diamond range includes new and old cut stones in beautiful settings and also a wide range of lose stones.
Our jewellery is Conflict Free and Eco-Friendly. When purchasing an item from us you can be sure you are not contributing to any unethical procedures. We only use suppliers who can prove diamond provenance.
By choosing to buy antique you are not contributing in any way to a locally destructive cycle of violence, warfare, economic inequality, exploitation and human suffering. You can have total confidence that your money is not supporting industrial practices that destroy the environment, poison the land or displace disadvantaged people.
You are helping to eliminate the need for more mining and lessening the demand for new diamonds and precious stones. Your item most likely predates any regional conflicts associated with the diamond trade and precious gemstone mining. To see how authorities are trying to combat conflict diamonds visit: https://www.kimberleyprocess.com/"
DIAMOND BUYING GUIDE
Of all the 4 C's, cut has the greatest effect on a diamond's beauty. Two diamonds of the same size, colour and clarity will look vastly different to the eye if cut differently - one may look brilliant and bright, the other dull and drab. The better quality the cut the more brilliance and beauty the diamond will have.
A truly colourless diamond is extremely rare. Most diamonds possess varying degrees of colour creating substantial differences in value. The highest grade for a diamond with absolutely no colour is D and letter grades are assigned alphabetically all the way to Z. An 'icy white' diamond is typically D, E or F. However, some people like the 'warmth' of a I, J or K colour. We are here to give advice on the best balance of clarity, cut and carat to find the perfect diamond for your purchase occasion.
Diamond clarity is symbolic of 'purity' - the more flaws, the less valuable the diamond. Flawless, VVS (Very Very Slight), VS (Very Slight) and SI1 (Slight Inclusion 1) have the least 'inclusions' or flaws. SI2 (Slight Inclusion 2) is borderline where inclusions become visible to the naked eye. I (Inclusion) rated diamonds have obvious inclusions or flaws.
Diamond carat is the standard used to measure diamond weight. A carat equals 1/5 of a gram. As diamonds increase in size, their cost tends to increase exponentially. Weight does not always enhance the value of a diamond - particularly if it is cut badly. Indeed, a good cut can enhance the perceived size of a diamond.